Google Advises Windows 7 Users to Update Their Systems ASAP

Chrome Users Exposed to Two Zero-Day Attacks, One of Which Remains Unresolved for Windows 7 Users

It should be no secret that Microsoft will be ending their support for the Windows 7 operating system in January of 2020. However, due to the recent exploitation of two zero-day vulnerabilities within the Chrome browser, one of which being specifically tied to Windows 7 machines, Google is encouraging users to update their systems to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

To date, one of the security gaps have been patched and updated through Chrome. To ensure you’re running that latest version, follow these steps:

  • Open your Chrome browser
  • Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner
  • Hover over “Help”
  • Click on “About Google Chrome”
  • A new browser page will populate which will disclose which Chrome version is currently being ran on the PC
  • Ensure you’re running version 72.0.3626.121
  • If updates are needed, it will display on the browser page

This fix is just for one of the security issues. The second isn’t capable of being as easily solved. According to Komando, this vulnerability is found within the win32.sys kernel driver, a key component to Windows 7. To date, there has yet to be a patch deployed for this security vulnerability. Since hackers are not only aware of the security gap, but already actively exploiting it, it is important Windows 7 users be proactive and update their operating systems to Windows 10 as quickly as possible. The Windows 10 operating system is not impacted by this security gap.

Find out how to upgrade to Windows 10, for free.

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